Retaining Walls

What is the purpose of a retaining wall? Sure, a retaining wall is a terrific architectural element in many landscapes, but it does have an important purpose. It’s a lateral support built of concrete that prevents the movement of soil. But not all retaining walls are built the same. Here […]

Concrete Because It’s Sustainable… And Beautiful

It’s hard to imagine that a building material that’s long been in favor for numerous tasks has been and continues to be environmentally friendly. Too often we see building materials come and go, learn of their potential negative health and environmental impacts and quickly switch to an alternative. But concrete […]


What is Shotcrete?

What is shotcrete? It’s a low moisture concrete mixture, mixed wet, that can be sprayed through a hose onto a surface. The shotcrete is applied at a high velocity onto the surface, and the end result is a wall or floor or roof. The method of application makes the building […]

Slopes and Slope Retention

Slopes and Slope Retention

A slope is common when terrain is changed to accommodate new roads and other construction-type projects like dams or railway lines. Sometimes the slopes are able to self-support, while other times some type of structural support is absolutely necessary to prevent the slope from collapse. Shotcrete is a terrific product […]


As a building material, concrete is relatively simple. And at its simplest and most basic composition, concrete is made from water, aggregate, and cement all mixed together in precise proportion. Water and aggregate likely have been used as a building material since the dawn of mankind; it’s a simple and […]

Uses for Retaining Walls

Have you ever seen a retaining wall? Maybe a short structure of concrete or concrete blocks that track a property boundary line and keep the hill of earth behind it at bay. Retaining walls come in all shapes and sizes, but they all serve a similar purpose: they are stabilizing […]

Drainage and Moisture Management

Did you know that proper drainage is incredibly important to the longevity and structural integrity of a retaining wall? It’s true. And when a retaining wall is built, modern day moisture protection systems are the best choice to naturally divert water. Native soils are different from location to location; the […]

Concrete Vapor Barrier

In building construction water vapor should always be controlled. When a concrete floor is poured a vapor and gas barrier should be placed beneath. Here’s why… There are a few reasons why a concrete vapor barrier is absolutely a necessity when you pour a concrete floor. The first reason is […]

Foundations or Retaining Walls of Concrete

The very word foundation conjures images of strength and stability. And a quality foundation made of concrete should outlast the structure it supports. Concrete isn’t impervious to age and other environmental factor, but, when it’s created, it should be perfectly mixed then poured without pockets and other factors that create […]